Minor League Report. Yanks re-sign Lind.


The Yankees re-signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal.

AAA: SWB (7-6) lost 6-3. Gleyber Torres returned to the lineup after back stiffness, went 1 for 2 (double) with an RBI (SF) and walked twice. He has mostly been playing 3B. SS Abiatal Avelino had 3 hits and an RBI.

Hale (L, 0-1, 5.52) 4 IP, 6 H, 12 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Lail 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.17
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 3.00
Carroll 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K 4.26

AA: Trenton split a DH.

Reg. sched. game: Won 2-1. 2 hits LF Ben Ruta. C Jorge Saez 2 hits, RBI.

Swanson (W, 3-0, 0.66) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 8 K.
Schwaab (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Harvey (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K. 2.25

Makeup of 4/17 snow-out: Lost 3-2 to go to 6-6. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI.

Keller (L, 0-2, 7.84) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Frare 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K   0.00

High A: Tampa (6-7) won 12-0. SS Thairo Estrada back from that gunshot wound. 3 hits, rbi.   LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner HR, 3 rbi. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. RF Pablo Olivares 3 for 3, HR, 2 RBI.

Stephan (W, 1-0, 1.13) 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 8 K
Lane 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.23
Frawley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

Low A: Charleston (6-7) lost 5-4. 1B Chris Hess solo HR.

Garcia (L, 0-1, 5.06) 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 9 H, 0 W, 4 K
Zurak 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K 0.00
Cedeno 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00



Important series, even in April.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ four game series with Toronto is an important series, even in April.

Now that isn’t to panic, because there are over 140 games after this, but you don’t want to fall too far behind and play catch up for the rest of the season.

Going into the Yanks’ off-day on Wednesday, they were 8-8, six games behind 14-2 Boston, who you hope isn’t going to run away with things and be like the 1984 Tigers who started 35-5, but also three games behind 11-5 Toronto.

You don’t want to lose three of four this weekend or get swept and wake up Monday morning, six or seven behind Toronto and nine or ten behind Boston.

Don’t get too far behind too early and play catchup all year long.

The time to right the ship and start taking off is now. Take three of four, or better yet, sweep Toronto.

It’s early, but it’s an important series.

Minor League Report.


AAA: Gleyber Torres held out of the game. Back stiffness. Day-to-day. SWB (7-5) lost 8-3. CF Shane Robinson 2 hits. DH Mike Ford 2 hits. 2 RBI for 2B Billy Fleming.

Rogers (L, 1-1, 4.24) 5 IP, 5 R, 11 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up  1 HR.
Gomez 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.60
Coshow 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00
Perez 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.86

AA: Trenton PPD. SNOW in Erie, PA. On APRIL 17. Ugh.

High A: Tampa (5-7) lost 8-2. 1B Brandon Wagner solo HR. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits.

Rosa (L, 1-1, 4.50) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 3 W, 4 K.
Hodson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.00
Kamplain 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.05
Morris 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 7.36

Low A: Charleston (6-6) won 1-0. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. RF Steven Sensley the RBI.

Whitlock (W, 1-1, 2.40) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Trieglaff (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 0.00
Wivinis (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Game 16. Marlins maul Yanks, 9-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks are off today.

Aaron Boone should have a mandatory practice at the stadium today to work on fundamentals and to rip his team for a stinker of a performance last night.

Losing 9-1 to the MARLINS?

There was enough blame to go around. Masahiro Tanaka was terrible, so was Giancarlo Stanton. Poor starting pitching, lack of clutch hitting, two errors (could have been three), a PB, a WP… all against probably the worst team in baseball.


Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe the Yanks will heat up and become more consistent when the weather heats up. But sooner rather than later. Maybe the rain outs over the weekend made Tanaka rusty. They didn’t hurt Severino.

But no excuses. This cannot continue.

Before the game, Kahnle to the DL with shoulder tendonitis and Cessa brought up.

Update: Cessa pitched, but strained an oblique and is headed to the DL.

Tanaka gave up three runs in the top of the first.  An error by Didi didn’t help matters. Miami got another run in the second to go up 4-0, and an error by Tyler Austin didn’t help there.

Meanwhile, in the bottom of the first, Gardner and Judge walked. The Yanks could get back into the game but Stanton GIDP. In the third, with one out and Gardner and Judge on base (both walked again) Stanton popped up. The next two times up, Stanton struck out. The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP. There are hints of Stanton being dropped in the order.

The Yanks drew seven walks in the game but were getting no-hit for a while. They only got four hits in the game, and the only highlight of the game for the Yanks came with two out in the bottom of the ninth when Miguel Andujar hit his first MLB HR. He had two of the hits and seems to be finally heating up.

Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR in the fifth that basically iced the game for Miami. Miami got two more in the eighth.

Tanaka (L, 2-2, 6.45) 5 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.50
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.16
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.72

Besides Stanton off to a bad start, Sanchez, who seems to be heating up, got off to a bad start, same with Wade, Walker, Andujar (finally heating up), Tanaka’s last two outings haven’t been good, Gray’s ERA is 6.92, higher than Tanaka’s, the bullpen hasn’t been as advertised.

Yes, there have been injuries, but…

It’s early, but things need to change soon. Last night was unacceptable, and against one of the worst teams in the majors.

Imagine this type of performance against, say, Houston.

A day off. A day to regroup. A day to right the ship.

There is too much talent here to be this inconsistent and to be like this at 8-8. Start turning it around.

Minor League Report. Gleyber pulled with “stiffness.”


AAA: Gleyber Torres complained of stiffness tonight and was pulled from the game. Hopefully just the weather and nothing serious. The weather in the northeast has been brutal. Global warming my ass. It’s mid-April and we are freezing our asses off.

SWB (7-4) lost 6-1. Gleyber was 0 for 2 when pulled. SWB got 5 hits, 2 by DH Billy Fleming. Shane Robinson cleared waivers, back at SWB. Chance Adams stuggling.

Adams (L, 0-1, 4.85) 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 4 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR
Feyereisen 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.60
Espinal 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. 4.91

AA: Trenton (5-5) lost 8-3. CF Trey Amburgey HR, 2 RBI. LF Ben Ruta 3 for 3. SS Gosuke Katoh 2 hits.

Carter (L, 0-1, 13.50) 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 3 W, 1 K.
Cortes 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.70. Just returned to Yanks from Orioles.
Tarpley 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. 5.40
Reeves 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K, 2.84

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston (5-6) lost 5-1.

Ramos (L, 1-1, 6.75) 3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 3 K.
Martin 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K
A. Severino 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.


Game 15. Yanks maul Marlins, 12-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You kind of wish this didn’t happen against two Yankees’ legends, CEO (Yankees #2) Derek Jeter and manager (Yankees #23) Don Mattingly of the Miami Marlins, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

The best way, it seems, for teams to get healthy right now is to play one of the Florida teams, the Rays or Marlins, because both stink.

Still, you have to win the game. The Yanks, playing after two days of rain outs, pounded the Marlins 12-1 to go to 8-7 on the season.

Going into the game, the Yanks were the perfect .500 team at 7-7. What do I mean by perfect? They scored 77 runs, and gave up 77 runs. The offense was 10% above league average, the pitching 10% below league average. If that isn’t a perfect .500 team, what is?

Before the game, some news. Jacoby Ellsbury is morphing into Carl Pavano. First a rib cage injury, then a hip injury, now it is his plantar fascitis. He hasn’t played a game for the Yanks yet, hasn’t played since how many weeks ago in spring training, is the #5 OF, is owed $68 million over this year and the next two…. Sheesh.

As for Brandon Drury, he is taking meds to calm down the migraines, but still has blurry vision. Blurry vision he says he has had over the last several years, and he admits to stepping in the batter’s box with the blurry vision! Which makes what he has done in the majors so far that much more impressive and scary. Blurry vision while facing a 100 MPH fastball? No thanks. Get that vision and migraines taken care of and hopefully, the situation isn’t major.

If he was a good player with blurry vision, what could he become with clear vision?

Now to the game. A mauling which you wish didn’t happen against Donnie and Derek, but what can you do?

Ex-Yankee Caleb Smith (there with the Yanks briefly last year) started for the Marlins and got mauled.

The Yanks scored in each of the first five innings.

In the first, Gardner singled,  Judge walked. Stanton walked to load the bases. After Didi popped up (He would make up for it later), Sanchez’ IF single brought home a run. After Hicks popped up, Austin walked to make it 2-0.

In the second, Judge homered (4) to make it 3-0. Judge became the fastest player ever to 60 career HR.

In the third, two more runs. Didi walked, Sanchez singled. Hicks doubled both home. 5-0.

In the fourth, with two out, Stanton was HBP. Didi hit a HR, his first of two on the night, to make it 7-0.

To the fifth, and the Yanks put up four more to make it 11-0. Austin led off with a double and Andujar doubled to make it 8-0. Torreyes singled Andujar to third. Gardner walked. Judge singled in a run. After two outs, Sanchez singled in two to make it 11-0.

In the seventh, Didi hit his second HR of the game (5) to make it 12-0.

Meanwhile, Severino was dealing. 6 IP, no runs, one hit. Miami got its only run of the game in the eighth, after Seve was out of the game.

15 hits, 8 walks, 1 HBP.

Didn’t realize. Jace Peterson back with the team…

Gardner 2 hits, walk, 2 runs scored.
Judge 2 hits, HR, 2 runs scored, 1 walk.
Didi 2 hits, both HR, 3 RBI, scored 3 runs. Walked. How he has developed.
Sanchez 3 hits, scored one run, drove in 3. Starting to heat up. Walk.
Hicks 2 RBI, walk
Austin 2 hits, rbi, walk.
Andujar 2 hits, scored one, drove one in. Walk. He’s starting to get hot.

Some guys, notably Andujar and Sanchez, seem to be picking it up. A good sign. Getting Hicks back helps, too.

Severino (W 3-1, 2.63) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 8 K
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.18
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.04

Sad NBA note. #15 for the Philadelphia 76ers, G Hal Greer, passed away on April 14 at the age of 81. A great guard for the 76ers in the 1960s, and on their 1967 NBA title team.

From Wikipedia:

He played for the Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1958 through 1973. A guard, Greer was a 10-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Second Team seven times. He was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and he had his uniform number retired by the 76ers.

Greer had an unusual but highly effective free throw technique, shooting a jump shot from the charity stripe. He is usually considered the third-best guard of the 1960s, behind Oscar Robertson and fellow West Virginia native Jerry West.




Minor League Report. Weather makes a mess of things.


AAA: SWB (7-3) won a rain-shortened game, 4-3. The game was called in the sixth. Luis Cessa and Shane Robinson will be going back to SWB. As for the game, DH Zach Zehner solo HR. C Kyle Higashioka had 2 hits and an RBI. Gleyber Torres (.385) 1 for 3.

Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.60
Koerner (W, 1-0, 5.00) 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR>

AA: Trenton (5-4) ppd. rain.

High A: Tampa (5-6) won 6-1 in a game called in the seventh inning. 2B Diego Castillo 2 hits, 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, RBI.

Nick Green (W, 2-0, 0.82) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 W, 5 K.

Low A: Charleston (5-5) ppd. Inclement weather.